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Jeopardy! has named two hosts going forward: Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik.
Richards will kick off Season 38 as the full-time host of Jeopardy!’s long-running daily syndicated program. Bialik joins as the host of Jeopardy!’s primetime and spinoff series, including the upcoming all-new Jeopardy! National College Championship set to air on ABC next year, as the studio looks to extend the Jeopardy! franchise to new platforms, according to a Sony press release.
Richards has come under fire as of late as reports of harassment and discrimination have resurfaced. Mayim Bialik is an acclaimed actress, author, host, and neuroscientist, well known for her award-winning role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Currently, Bialik is starring in Call Me Kat on Fox, which she also executive produces. Outside of the realm of television, she also is the host of the mental health podcast “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown” and she recently wrote and directed her first feature film, As Sick As They Made Us, starring Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Jeopardy! family,” Bialik said. “What started out with my 15-year-old repeating a rumor from Instagram that I should guest host the show has turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life! I’m so grateful and excited to continue to work with Mike Richards, and I’m just over the moon to join forces with him and Sony. After all the conversations we’ve had about this partnership, I am just so ready to get started!”
Here at The Jeopardy! Fan, I was very worried that these spin-off formats would take the place of regular syndicated episodes. I’m very curious to see how a team format would play in a spin-off, as the National College Championship will appear to be (the show’s casting notices came in teams). That being said: I still don’t think that Mike Richards is at all a good choice going forward; there are many fans who perceive this to not have been set up fairly for their preferred candidate (especially LeVar Burton), and the reports of how Richards obtained a guest-host stint (by claiming that there was an emergency when none existed) serves as a massive dent to his credibility. Why can’t they just have Mayim Bialik host everything?
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